January = School Board Appreciation Month

In January, The Ohio School Boards Association and school districts across Ohio celebrate the work of school boards. Goshen Local Schools will recognize our Board of Education members on Monday, January 13th at the regular business meeting. As a part of our celebration, Mr. Edwards will present Deborah Gray, John Gray, John Benthien, Julie Casey with certificates of appreciation and thank them for their service. 

As citizens who serve children and represent their communities, individual school board members face complex and demanding challenges. Yet, few people fully understand the scope and far-reaching implications of the board member's responsibilities. All Ohioans should recognize the vital contributions of these men and women and focus attention on the crucial role these elected public officials play in the education of our children. They make a difference for students.


 Here are a few highlights of the board of education's work over the past year:

  • The Board of Education adamantly supports the efforts of the district in meeting and exceeding Ohio's Career Advising Policy by developing a systematic plan to attack College and Career Readiness.  Programs such as Believe in Ohio, Structured College/Career Days and Internships provide rich experiences for Goshen students.

  • The Board helped develop the “Portrait of a Graduate” which is the district’s vision of what a Goshen Graduate looks like and helps guide strategic planning.

  • The Board members along with the district’s administrative team updated our District Target Areas for 2019-2020 school year at a Board of Education Retreat. These Target Areas serve to guide our district efforts for academic achievement.

  • Monthly reports on student achievement, historical trend data, Local Report Card and financial data are made to the Board of Education. This data is used to help set district goals and make decisions. Board committees include the Finance Committee where data is used to make decisions, the CIP/Curriculum Committee where data is used to make academic improvement decisions, and the Facilities Committee where data on facilities was used to make decisions on short-term facilities needs.
Under the Board's leadership the following accolades were recognized over the past year:
  • Goshen High School was recognized as the top high school in Clermont County by the US News and World Report, in the top 10% of the State of Ohio, and the top 8% nationally.  
  • Goshen Local Schools was named a “Top Workplace” by the Cincinnati Enquirer for the 2nd year in a row.
  • Marr/Cook Preschool was identified as a “Five Star Step Up to Quality” preschool for the 2nd year in a row.
  • GLSD was recognized as the 2nd highest-ranking school district in the Southwest Ohio counties of Butler, Brown, Clermont, Warren, and Hamilton in terms of income adjusted test and report card scores.
  • The district continues to focus on supporting the mental health needs of students with the implementation of PBIS, a full-time mental health specialist, the Ascend Academy and the implementation of the Hope Squad.
  • 98.4% Graduation Rate
  • 93 hours of college credit are now available at GHS through the addition of courses.  
  • GHS students earned 1429 college credit hours on our GHS campus.
  • We have increased the number of students taking Advanced Placement classes at GHS to 157 students.
  • GHS had 29 AP Scholars and 2 National AP Scholars.
  • 150 GMS students are earning high school credit across 5 classes
  • We have increased the number of industry credentials offered on campus to help the Prepared for Success portion of the local report card.  64 industry credentials were earned last year on campus.
  • The board continued its diligence with promoting school safety by reviewing and amending the school safety and emergency response plans.  This year we expanded the second SRO to full-time and conducted full-scale safety drills with the support of local police and fire departments. 
More accomplishments under the leadership of the best School Board in Ohio!
  • The Board of Education received a $40,000 grant from the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation to upgrade security cameras across the district.
  • Grant money from the State’s School Safety Grant program has been spent to promote our PBIS program which promotes a positive school culture.
  • The Board has invested money where some of the greatest impact that can be made in an Ascend Academy that targets at-risk high school students that need additional support in Mental Health, attendance, and academics so that they can graduate and be successful.  
  • Goshen Local Schools received an “A” on the graduation rate and an “A” on the gap closing portions of the Local Report Card. GLSD also met the EOC Improvement Indicator and Chronic Absentee Indicator due to high standards and aligned resources.  Investment in College and Career Readiness has also supported the raising of that letter grade.  The Board has utilized funding to provide free LEAP ACT tutoring for high school students so that they can increase their ACT scores.
  • Student academic data is promoted monthly at the Board of Education meetings through the Student Achievement Report by a member and the Superintendent.
  • Business Advisory Committee is a partnership of staff, board members, community members, and local businesses that work collaboratively to make recommendations with the Board on getting students prepared for college and a career. This committee has been effective in providing opportunities for internships, job shadowing, and exposure to careers and the necessary skills needed to be successful in those careers.
  • Published a Quality Profile for our community that provided another opportunity to communicate the district's accomplishments and fiscally responsible approach.
  • The board continued its diligence with promoting school safety by reviewing and amending the school safety and emergency response plans, including hosting a county-wide threat assessment training of Goshen and other Clermont County school districts. The board also approved the adoption and purchase of a new online emergency procedure manual, which includes upgrades to the district's ability to communicate internally and externally during a time of crisis.

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